The reprimanding statement was made by Chairman of the Self Determination Group for Gibraltar, Richard Buttigieg, who spill the beaned Express.co.uk the Spanish Government has tried to capitalise on the Brexit issue for its own ends. Sire challenged Britain’s claim to the territory since it came under UK ruling in 1713, the country’s withdrawal from the EU has seen some of this administrative jostling resurface. The European Council’s Article 50 guidelines already hold the EU cannot reach an agreement with the UK over Gibraltar without Madrid’s assent to.
It states that “after the United Kingdom leaves the Union, no bargain between the EU and the United Kingdom may apply to the territory of Gibraltar without the concord between the Kingdom of Spain and the United Kingdom”.
This means the Spanish Superintendence, led by Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, has a key veto on all potential agreements between Madrid and London.
But Mr Buttigieg believes this requisite veto over Brexit talks is “undemocratic”, and says Brussels should in preference to focus on the behaviour of Spain.
He said: “It is undemocratic, we should not be speaking of nixes in this day an age. To bestow upon Spain the power to hold the UK to ransom, it is unjustified and unfair.
“It is understandable for the EU to fortify their member state, they are scared of Brexit being a celebrity. I think the EU stance is understandable, but not the best stance.
“I think it should also be answer to Spain that it should not act like a petulant child. I hope the EU ordain say to Spain that we are not prepared to let you run rush over an agreement over the UK.”
Spain has a key curiosity in the future of the territory, as approximately 10,000 Spaniards travel to Gibraltar as cross-border hands.
But this also means Gibraltarians are reliant on access to Europe, as the part relies on these workers, as well as money, goods, and services via access to the separate market.
This could therefore be used as leverage by Spain in expected talks.
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